Mornings can be tough. We get it. Some days coffee just isn’t enough to get the creativity flowing, so we’ve decided to help you out!
We’re kicking off this series of super cool designs to get the creative juices flowing with designs from some of our very own Art & Mocks team! So grab that cup of joe and check out today’s inspiration.
“I’ve always been impressed by the illustrations of Ed Roth, so I wanted to do something in the same vein and a little out of my style for a friend of mine. I always start with pen and paper and bring it to digital for the coloring.”
“The process behind my skull art was fairly simple. I was in the mood to do something different and found some inspirational pieces online. I mimicked a few different styles and meshed it with my own. I’m a fan of brighter colors, so I thought it would be interesting to mix that into a seemingly dark and grungy illustration.”
Don’t worry, you’re not the first person to ask. This is an incredibly common question in the screen printing world. At Threadbird, the short answer is “no”. We have a minimum of 24 pieces on every order of up to 2 colors.
“But why? I don’t need 24 shirts.”
Great question. It all comes down to time. Screen Printing is a mechanical process that involves machines, manual labor and time. It takes the same amount of time to setup a job with 1 shirt as it does a job with 100 shirts. When the costs involved are averaged over 100 shirts, the order is affordable for the customer. But, when the same costs are averaged over 1 or 2 shirts, the order is no longer affordable.
At Threadbird, our minimum is 24 pieces per design because that is the lowest point at which your order is still economically feasible.
“Makes sense. But I’ve seen places that will print just 1 shirt.”
Indeed you have. There are many places out there where you can have just 1 shirt printed. These places use a completely different printing process called Direct-to-Garment (DTG). DTG printing is digital printing. It’s like running your t-shirt through a color printer, rather than dyeing and painting each t-shirt.
“Why doesn’t Threadbird print Direct-to-Garment?”
Another great question. Quality has always been one of our highest priorities at Threadbird. And while DTG printing can meet peoples needs, it does not hold the same quality as traditional screen printing. Colors are not as vibrant and printing typically needs to be done on light colored garments.
“Are there any other factors that affect the minimum order amount?”
Yes, as we mentioned above, 24 pieces is the minimum for all orders of up to 2 ink colors. The following minimums are based on the # of ink colors in your design:
3 Ink Colors – Requires a 36 piece minimum
4-6 Ink Colors – Requires a 50 piece minimum
7-10 Ink Colors – Requires a 100 piece minimum
And lastly, there are a few other situations where minimums are a little bit higher.
Tag Printing – Requires a 50 piece minimum
Sewing Hem Tags – Requires a 50 piece minimum
“Makes sense. I’m ready to place an order! Now what?”
If you have your order and design ready for us, you can start here. Our team of all-stars will help you figure out pricing and answer any other questions you may have along the way. You can also always shoot your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Printing On 100% Cotton Shirts, Create A Distressed Look With A Texturized Design.
When printing on 100% cotton garments, colors will be more vibrant, so you will not get the same fade that you naturally do on a tri-blend or 50/50 garment. However, you can still achieve a vintage look with 100% Cotton garments by designing your graphics with textures.
If you’re looking for some texture vectors to design a vintage look, you can go here.
Ready to try it out and get your own vintage printed garments? You can start here! Have more questions for us? Feel free to shoot us a message at email@example.com.
Temperatures are warming up, sunshine and blue skies are making a comeback and we’re getting ready for your summer apparel orders! We know picking the right garment can be half the battle when placing an order, so we thought we’d give you a hand. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 Summer garments. These t-shirts and tanks are lightweight, soft and stylish, and we’ve got plenty more where these came from!
The classic. This ultralight, sheer jersey version of American Apparel’s legendary (and most popular item) Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirt is great for just about any person or design. It results in a great print, too!
Lightweight and cool. A unisex tank in 50/50 combed cotton/poly blend. Featuring a durable ribbed neckline, as well as durable ribbed arm openings. The combed cotton/poly blend provides an ultra soft, worn in feel and superior drape. This tank is another solid choice for any design.
When you place an order with Threadbird, our team immediately begins moving it through the system. You can help that process go smoothly and as quickly as possible by making sure your customer service rep has all artwork, sizing, due date (if specific) and shipping address with your order. We’ll handle the rest!
What exactly do we mean by “your order is being processed“? We’re glad you asked!
Once you’ve accepted and paid your invoice, here’s what’s next:
Your digital mocks are created. You should receive the mock for approval within 48 hours (usually faster).
Once you get the mock, double (maybe even triple) check the following:
Your Ship To address – This might seem obvious, but it prevents headaches down the road.
Finishing Options (printed tags, hang tags, fold and bag, etc.) – Do you have any? Are they shown on the mock?
Garment count for each size – Are all sizes and counts accurate?
Our Purchasing department orders your blank garments.
We order your blanks right away to speed up your turnaround time. If you want to change your blanks, please let your customer service rep know as soon as possible to prevent additional delays and/or fees.
Your order goes into production.
Average production time after mock approval is 5-7 business days.
Any finishings and/or complex jobs may require additional time. Turnaround time is an estimate and not guaranteed.
If you have a specific due date, please be sure to let your customer service rep know when placing your order.
Looking to do something a little different with your apparel? Embroidery is a great way to mix things up and looks great on hats, polos, fleece and variety of other options. We’ve put together a few points to help when considering an embroidery order.
What you need to know:
Some details don’t translate well with embroidery. Small details and small lettering don’t come out as accurately, but the Threadbird Art and Mocks team will be happy to work with you to make sure the design turns out the way you want it.
Pricing for embroidery is based on the stitch count. If you don’t know what your design will require, feel free to email us for a quote.
When factoring the total cost of your order, don’t forget you will need to add the Base Embroidery Price from the stitch count to the item price of the desired garment. You can find those prices here.
Never hesitate to contact us with any questions you have along the way!
Thinking you might want some embroidery done? You can submit your order for a quote here.